COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - International Day for Tolerance

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (22:19:46): Yesterday was the International Day for Tolerance, the day that globally we unite to recognise universal human rights and the fundamental freedoms of others. The United Nations believes that education for tolerance should aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others. It should also help young people develop capacities for independent judgement, critical thinking and ethical reasoning.

That is something we can all reflect on and encourage in our own behaviours and in others, particularly in a time of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts.

I worked for the Department of Immigration during the first International Day for Tolerance back in the 1990s. It is important that through our work as parliamentarians we encourage tolerance because as leaders in our communities we have a strong role to play in guiding that kind of acceptance.